Captain Planet once coached children, teens, and parents how to save our planet by reducing pollution and by cleaning our surroundings. The animated classic FernGully: The Last Rainforest taught us to respect the rain forest and to feel nature's pain. Today the Locoblog joins in on celebrating the United Nations Environment Programme's World Environment Day by taking into consideration our current consumption of resources and hope to reduce our global footprint. Here are just a few of the resources you might want to conserve more.
According to WaterSense Kids, a US EPA educational program, a family of four consumes 400 gallons of water daily. Americans interested in reducing water consumption can click on WaterSense's "I'm for Water" and pledge to reduce. The program recommends house owners checking your water bill and that you start to use water appliances that have sufficient water functionality: fixing leaks, wash dishes by hand (if you use a dish washer make sure it is fully loaded), and wash full loads of laundry instead of micro loads.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says that as of 2014 Americans used 136.78 billion gallons of gasoline and that 42 gallons are in one barrel. If you are an urbanite and only need a few items from the store, feel free to ride your bike instead of driving. With your lover, make a date of walking around to nearby locations instead of worrying about that chaotic traffic.
Even with the use of the internet and social media outlets, paper consumption is still occurring around the world. Luckily for the United States, Forestethics.org reports that paper recovery in the United States has increased. According to an infograph on the same website, North America alone uses 504.84 pounds of paper which equates to 229 kilos per person. Instead of throwing paper away, turn that bad boy over and draw a picture for your grandma, throw a paper airplane outside, or jot down some notes for your newest Loconeal submission.
The EPA states that American's use 40 percent of energy to generate electricity. Majority of the electricity we consume daily comes from natural gas, oil, and coal. Solar and wind technology is starting to be utilized but not to the same scale as oil and coal. Want to reduce your electric bill? It is highly recommended that you change your light bulbs to energy sufficient ones which often are marked on the box. Don't forget to turn off the lights when you leave the room. Shut off the T.V. if no one including yourself is watching the programs.
by Ryan D. Friend
"If we make things worse with greenhouse gases, the polar ice could melt, and flood every coastal city. In New York, rising seas will take a bite out of the Big Apple. As for Hong Kong, it'll be Long Gone. While the only tourists left in Venice will be scuba-divers. For humans it would mean farmland turned to deserts, the collapse of entire economies, hunger on an unimaginable scale."